Pope Beatifies 124 Korean Martyrs before a crowd of 800,000 – August 2014

August 16th was a historical day for the Catholic Church, but especially for the Koreans. Before a crowd of 800,000 faithful, Pope Francis beatified Paul Yun Ji-chung and 123 companions in Seoul, South Korea. In a beautiful homily during the Holy Mass for the beatification of the martyrs, Pope Francis talked about the beginning of Christianity in Korea, the example of the martyrs and the inspiration their legacy has left for the Koreans.

“So often we today can find our faith challenged by the world, and in countless ways we are asked to compromise our faith, to water down the radical demands of the Gospel and to conform to the spirit of this age. Yet the martyrs call out to us to put Christ first and to see all else in this world in relation to him and his eternal Kingdom. They challenge us to think about what, if anything, we ourselves would be willing to die for.”  – Pope Francis

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Crowd of 800,000 during the Holy Mass for the beatification of 124 Korean Martyrs.

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Pope Francis venerates a statue of Mary and Jesus with incense as he celebrates the beatification Mass of Paul Yun Ji-chung and 123 martyred companions. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

For the full homily of the Holy Mass for the Beatification of Paul Yun Ji-Chung and 123 Martyr Companions, Click Here.

During his pilgrimage to South Korea, Pope Francis also joined thousands of teens and young adults during an Asian Youth Day gathering, greeted the father of a victim of the April South Korean ferry accident, and met with women who were sold as sex slaves during the World War II.

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Pope Francis with a group of young adults holding signs with the words ” We are the light of the world” during the Asian Youth Day.

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Pope greeting father of victim of the April South Korean ferry accident during his baptismal.

Every day with Pope Francis was truly an unforgettable moment for all of those in his presence during this pilgrimage to South Korea.

For more information of the Pope’s visit to South Korea, Click here.

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